DIY Keepsake Ornaments

This simple and easy craft was my sons idea and contribution to our blog! We love our beloved furbaby 'Bandit' who is the most treasured member of the family.  My son mentioned that he's getting old and somewhere (way way down the road) he won't be with us and that we should have special keepsakes so he dug up an old recipe from his elementary schools days and our Keepsake Ornament was born. 

I think it is a charming idea! This simple DIY project is perfect to keep young children happy, busy and creative, and it is a great idea for new moms to create special keep sakes of Baby's First Christmas  by creating hand or foot prints ornaments that can be shaped using standard cookie cutters.


1/4 cup salt

1/4 cup flour

1/8 cup water

Mod Podge

Rolling pin

Coloured markers



Drinking straw to cut out a hole to feed ribbon through


Mix salt and flour together and use water sparingly until the mixture is moistened through and retains a 'dough' like shape.

With a rolling pin roll out the 'dough' to a 1/4 inch thick.

Cut out shapes with cookie cutter.

Find a willing participant and firmly make an impression into the 'dough'.

Place on a cookie sheet and place in heated 200F oven for two hours until it hardens solid.

Allow to cool and brush the impression with Mod Podge and sprinkle glitter into the impression and then shake off the excess glitter (you may have to dab a bit more Mod Podge and add more glitter)

Write a message on the ornament and allow it to fully dry. 

Once dry reapply Mod Podge on the entire ornament including sides and back.

Thread ribbon through the hole and hang your ornament.